Cuba: Information on the Committee of Political Prisoners and on the current treatment of its members by the government
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 May 1996|
|Citation / Document Symbol||CUB23775.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Cuba: Information on the Committee of Political Prisoners and on the current treatment of its members by the government, 1 May 1996, CUB23775.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac5b32.html [accessed 3 March 2015]|
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The following information was provided by the director of the Cuban Committee for Human Rights, based in Miami, during a 2 May 1996 telephone interview with the DIRB.
The source stated that the Committee of Political Prisoners does exist and that it was founded in 1994. According to the source, the Committee is a dissident organization with no legal identification and is therefore considered illegal by the government. Given the fact that the situation in Cuba regarding dissidents and prisoners of conscience is constantly changing, the source told the DIRB that it is difficult to provide current information on the status of the Committee of Political Prisoners, on the treatment of its members or on the size of its membership. The source noted that, to the best of his knowledge, the Committee of Political Prisoners is part of the Concilio Cubano, an umbrella organization founded in 1995 which represents more than a hundred dissident organizations in Cuba.
Further information on the Committee of Political Prisoners could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB. For information on the recent arrests of members of the Concilio Cubano, please consult the attached articles.
Cuban Committee for Human Rights, Miami, Fla. 2 May 1996. Telephone interview with the director.
Agence France Press (AFP). 20 February 1996. "Cuba Bans Opposition Meeting." (NEXIS)
_____. 19 February1996. "Cuban Dissident Umbrella Group Reports Mass Arrests Ahead of Conference." (NEXIS)
The Boston Globe. 28 February 1996. Steve Fainaru. "Cuba Hits Dissidents Before Air Episode; Wide Impact Seen to Crackdown." (NEXIS)
The Christian Science Monitor. 10 April 1996. Howard LaFranchi. "Cuban Dissidents Fight Image of Being US Pawns." (NEXIS)
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